Is your area rug starting to look worn or dirty? Whether you have a simple woven rug or vintage Oriental rug, proper care can go a long way in preserving your rug. Extend the life of your area rug with these tips for area rug cleaning:
Depending on the layout of your room and where your area rug is located, frequent foot traffic can begin to wear on your rug. This is why it is important to rotate your rug regularly. If it is in a high traffic area, you should rotate your area rug every few months. You should also consider rearranging the furniture to move the walkway across different parts of your rug. This will help distribute wear and fading evenly.
Direct sunlight can cause your rug to fade dramatically over time. It is best to place your rug in a room where direct light does not hit it. If this is inevitable, try closing curtains or blinds during certain times of the day and rotate your rug every few months.
Don’t Neglect Cleaning and Care
Regular vacuuming and area rug cleaning is essential if you want to prevent that worn, packed down look. If your rug is delicate, turn off the beater. If your rug gets wet, air it out and allow it to dry completely before replacing it. Most rugs should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years to remove dirt and other buildup. Professional spot cleaning is also recommended to prevent damage.